Economic Backbone - Transportation
JaxPort's deepening project is already paying off
The project calls for deepening Jacksonville’s shipping channel from the current 40-foot depth to 47 feet. Also included in the project are plans to widen parts of the channel and construct two turning basins at Blount Island and Brills Cut. Once completed, the 13-mile deepening project will pave the way for JaxPort to receive more cargo aboard today’s larger ships.
“The Post-Panamax container ships are larger vessels that can pass through the recently expanded Panama Canal locks,” says Beth McCague, JaxPort CFO. “Our Asian container volumes have grown more than 100% since 2012. The deepening will enable us to retain and grow these volumes.”
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